Paediatric speech pathology
What is it?
Speech pathology, also known as speech therapy, centres on diagnosing and treating people experiencing difficulties with voice, speaking, fluency (stuttering), articulation, listening, understanding language, reading and writing.
Who do we help?
Our speech pathologists help babies and toddlers experiencing delays in their talking. We support children and teens with speech and language development and reading and writing skills. We also see children with autism spectrum disorders to help with their social interaction and communication skills.
You might seek the support of our speech pathologists if your child is have problems being understood by other people or has difficulty understanding what others say, has a husky voice that’s hard to hear, stutters, has a cleft palate, has an intellectual disability or needs help learning to read.
What do we do?
We work one-on-one with the babies, toddlers, children and teens we support to help them to find the best way to communicate to meet their needs.
Our approach is always tailored to suit the individual needs of the patient we are supporting and every session is different. It might involve looking at pictures, playing games, learning new words but always includes lots of praise for trying and succeeding.
- assess and diagnose the level of ability
- design a program to help develop the skills and abilities that are needed
- develop communication aids and communication methods to suit each patient – this could include the use of signs, symbols, gestures and other forms of assisted communication
- educate families and educators
- work with other specialists to provide a holistic solution to each patient’s care needs